It's spring at last, and a real pleasure to see the world in new clean colors once again.
I've been working on a fresh new painting and thought you might like to come along. To celebrate clear blue skies and trees budding I started a 30 x 40" painting of my favorite tree, the River Willow. At least that's what I call them.
I've stained the canvas with a thin orange mix of cad orange and yellow ochre. This serves two purposes: 1) it gives a warm glow to the subsequent layers of paint, and 2) gets the canvas dirty so I'm not faced with a blank white stare. That clean canvas is too much like starting a term paper in my senior year of highschool. Yike.
The tree form is painted very loosely in a thin mix of cerulean blue and cad red. I'm trying to imagine that these marks will remind me of the cooler parts of the tree, the shadow side of leaf clusters and branches. Or maybe I just like the color.
I spend quite awhile working back an forth with greens and blues to create